Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Test drove a new 330i at Crevier BMW today! They had two 330s, a Silver 6-speed w/ Sport Package on the showroom floor and a Sparkling Graphite Automatic, non-sport one used for demo drives. Here are my thoughts:

- Sparkling Graphite - This is the first time that I've seen it in the daylight and was not wowed. To me, it has a slight brown tint to it. It might look a lot better w/ the Terra interior. It still looks good, but it looked a lot better in the showroom in Amsterdam under the lights. I think that this color photographs better than others. I can learn to love it!

- Titanium Silver - WOW - THIS LOOKS AMAZING on the E90. This is the color that really shows off the new body - I wish that I had ordered this color...

- Natural Poplar wood - Looks awesome! I'm glad that I got this now. It's much darker than any other Poplar in any other BMW that I've ever seen. Compared to the Burl Walnut, it has a definite brown hue and should look great w/ the Terra leather. I'd recommend that anyone getting the beige leather definitely get the Poplar wood.

- Minor details: Compared to the cars that I saw in Amsterdam last month, the US Spec cars were missing a lot of little interior upgrades. Missing were the rear outlet plugs, the outlet plug in the trunk, the split/sliding armrest (like in the E60), and the trunk organizer drawer. Out of all those the upgrades, the sliding armrest would've been nice.

The car is phenomenal driver - much better than the last E46 330i ZHP that I drove. The sport package seats are awesome. Much better support than the E46 SP seats. The SP steering wheel is nice and fat and feels great in your hands - reminds me of the M3 wheel. Brakes were incredible. Can't wait to get behind the wheel of my very own E90!

3 days until wheels up and 7 days until pick up in Munich!

Saturday, April 16, 2005

The time is drawing near and we are gaining excitement about the car and the trip. We can't wait to see Bavaria and Munich as well as some of the exciting other car towns and castles in the South of Germany. As I acquire more interesting photos, they will be posted. Roup is away at a friend's wedding and will be out of pocket a few days. More to come...

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Great to be a part of this blog. I am excited about traveling to Munich with friends to puck up my E90. I just read the latest Roundel article (the second in that publication) and I am more excited than ever both about the trip and the car.

Last Friday evening I went to the 3 Across America event in DC and it was great. I spent hours there visiting with the BMW Product Manager for the E90 and studying the cary. It is certainly one of those designs which look even better in person. Few will be disappointed with the looks. I may attach images later, but mine are redundant to the others found all over the internet. Stay tuned for more on the program.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Full payment was made to BMW of Arlington today, 30 days prior to Munich pick-up, as required by BMWNA.

Friday, April 01, 2005

My buddy Tony attended the 3 Across America event tonight in the DC area. He got to see the car up close and took some good photos.

Check out the new "puddle lights" on the bottom of the door handles. Very Kewl!

I got confirmation that my car finished assembly today and passed its final inspection at the factory...The next four weeks will be the longest!